February 25, 2010

Rambo tones down Rogers rhetoric

His "Tweets" and Facebook posts may have indicated otherwise, but safety Bacarri Rambo said he wasn't necessarily calling out Da'Rick Rogers for switching from Georgia to Tennessee.

Granted, it certainly sounded that way.

When Rogers spurned the Bulldogs for the rival Volunteers, the two players traded some virtual barbs that got plenty of play on message boards from both schools.

Thursday, Rambo tried to downplay the online jousting.

"I wasn't directly talking to him. It was just something I was saying," Rambo said. "I was shocked that someone would say he is going to one school then change your mind at the last minute to go to another. It wasn't directly to him, as a matter of fact, it was directly to no one. I was confused and curious as to why someone would do that but if he wants to take it that it was him, I can't stop him from thinking that, so whatever."

Rambo said although he will continue "tweeting" and posting on Facebook, he'll stay clear of any more controversy with Rogers.

"I'm gonna be the better man," Rambo said. "I'm going to let that die down and not say anything to him."

Dowtin to play "Mo"

Linebacker Marcus Dowtin said he's been told by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that he'll be playing the inside linebacker position called "Mo" in Georgia's new 3-4 scheme.

"I'll be playing on the inside (Mo) and maybe the Mike position as well," Dowtin said.

The rising junior said he expects that Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent will both see time at the Mike position.

Figgins wipes slate clean

Tight end Bruce Figgins said Thursday he's definitely a different person after serving a six-game suspension last season for a violation of team rules.

He intends to prove it on and off the field.

"I have a clean slate and I plan on making the biggest impact that I can. Like I tell a lot of the young guys, the moment they step on campus, that's when they begin writing their book," Figgins said. "You want your book to start good and you want your book to end well, so everything you do has an impact."

The Columbus native said he had the option of returning to action after his six-game suspension was over last year. But after talking with coaches, it was decided best to go ahead and sit out the rest of the year.

"It's funny how things work because sometimes you need that discipline and I think Coach (Mark) Richt does a good job of teaching and enforcing discipline on this team," Figgins said. "That's what I needed for this year and this past year. It's taught me a lot of things about patience. It taught me about being part of the team even though I might not be scoring the big touchdown or making a big catch."

Ealey still hopes for number change

Washaun Ealey has every intention of exchanging his No. 24 jersey for a No. 3.

He just has to convince Richt to let him make the move.

"I'm trying to get it," Ealey said of the number, now vacant due to the graduation of former cornerback Bryan Evans. "I'm still trying to get Coach Richt to let me have it."

Ealey said the No. 3 holds a special meaning him because not only is it his number from high school, but it's also the one worn by his brother and sister.

"I like No. 24, it's a good number," Ealey said. "But I like No. 3 better."

This and that

Orson Charles said he has gained five pounds since the end of last year and currently weighs 235. He hopes to weigh 240 by the start of preseason. … Receiver Kris Durham is doing his student teaching at Oconee County Middle School. He hopes to begin finishing work on his Masters beginning in June. … Former quarterback Matthew Stafford was in town Thursday, stopping by the Butts-Mehre Building for a visit. …Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo confirmed that rising senior Chad Gloer has been moved from cornerback to wide receiver. … Bulldog associate athletic director Claude Felton announced that the school would not be releasing a depth chart until the end of spring drills.

Quotable

Orson Charles - "I just want a ring. I want an SEC ring. I just want a ring. I'm tired of losing."

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